Engineering Unit Two
University of California, Davis
Project completed by Stephen Wheeler while with Wallace Roberts & Todd in San Francisco, California.
Engineering Unit Two is located at the intersection of the two organizational grids that define the UC Davis campus. The entry to the building, which is sited on the city grid, is linked to the major outdoor courtyard by a series of plazas that follow the agricultural grid. Within the main courtyard, two plazas are defined by low seat walls. One encloses a paved area with a fountain; the other encloses a small lawn which provides informal seating. Flowering almond trees recall the campus’ agricultural heritage and the orchards found throughout the Central Valley. The plant palette of Mediterranean species was developed in collaboration with the University Arboretum.